The worldwide prices for laptops have been steadily going down the last few years with no sacrifice in features and quality. In fact, the features that are being packed into laptops are actually making laptops more value-laden. For example, even mid-range and value-range laptops are being fitted with powerful onboard video that now allow users to play the latest games on their laptops. This was a feature that was only found in top of the line models a few years back.
One laptop that I was recently looking at is the Gemstone series from Acer. This range of low to mid range laptops are some of the most feature laden that I have seen in years. And at a price that is just within the $1,000 range for the AMD Turion-powered 4520 series, laptops have now entered the impulse-buy territory (I almost bought the laptop last weekend!).
As for features, aside from the aformentioned nifty onboard video (an Nvidia GeForce 8400 for the 4520G) , it has a built in 5 in 1 card reader, generous memory, built-in webcam for making video calls, and CrystalBrite LCD. Being a music lover, I particularly love the fact that the Gemstone Series has build int Dolby Digital Surround Sound. A fellow audio nut I know who recently bought this laptop claims that mp3s played on the Acer Gemstone sounds infinitely better compared to his iPod. He even said he’ll be ditching his headphone amp because he won’t need it anymore.
I hope I can find an Acer Gemstone under my Christmas tree this December.